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The trouble with traditional martial arts is that they are all too often impractical in a real life physical altercation, according to long time Kung Fu instructor Armando Sainz.

“Although they are great for discipline, and a good foundation for self-defense, most martial arts systems are for sport and are not always effective,” said Sainz. “I have developed a fighting system for any situation—for the streets.”

But Sainz’ fighting system is not simply an MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) amalgamation of styles and techniques, nor is it simple blocks or strikes.

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Davis promotes public-private partnerships to keep remaining programs afloat

As the smoke has begun to clear from the state budget battle, educators around North Carolina are just now coming to grips with the full impact of the first Republican-controlled General Assembly in over one hundred years. The freshman legislators had promised to cut spending across the board to fill the state's projected shortfall of $2.5 billion – and they did.

Among the many casualties, education, which makes up nearly 60 percent of the state's budget, sustained some of the most painful cuts. In the end, K-12 education in the state saw close to 5.8 percent in total cuts, much of them in the form of massive reversions that will leave the burden of cutting jobs and programs to the local school systems.

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Franklin High School graduation was held Friday, June 17, at the Ramsey Center at Western Carolina University. Vinnie Agrusa performed the processional as well as the recessional and the B-Naturals and Chamber Singers provided musical interludes.Valedictorian Jennifer Richter delivered the senior address and Salutatorian Erich Baker gave the inspirational remarks. Franklin businessman Phil Drake was the guest speaker.

Conferring diplomas was Principal Chris Baldwin assisted by Pam Cabe and William Horniak, assistant principals. Superintendent Dan Brigman offered closing remarks.

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Bev Perdue became the first governor to ever veto a budget bill when she rejected the Republicans’ proposal this month. Perdue argued that the hardest thing to accept about the bill is the steep cuts to education.

“We are trying to do more with less,” Perdue said in a press conference. “The problem arises from the Republicans refusing to extend the temporary tax. By doing so, they are cutting out a large portion of funds, which means cutting back on everything else as well to compensate for the loss.”

With the temporary tax in place, Rep. Phil Haire (D-Jackson) explained that there is $11 million of state money going back into circulation. This is what the Republicans wish to do away with. The tax ends with the fiscal year at the end of June, Haire said, speaking before the General Assembly voted to override Perdue’s veto on June 15. Republicans said they would never extend the temporary tax because they ran their campaign on a “no new tax platform.” However, doing so unbalances Perdue’s budget, causing even more problems, said Haire.

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